Construction companies Fletcher and Downer are reportedly “fuming” after a $371 million Government rail contract has been awarded to overseas companies – costing the Kiwi firms hundreds of local jobs.
Three sources within the companies have told the Herald on Sunday they were unsuccessful in their joint bid for the Papakura to Pukekohe rail electrification contract in South Auckland.
It is understood the KiwiRail contract has been awarded to a joint bid from Chinese-owned firm John Holland and South African-owned McConnell Dowell.
The competing New Zealand and overseas tenders were reportedly “very, very close” but cost played a determining factor.
At a time of immense job loses, at a time of immense challenges to our infrastructure, at a time of so called ‘kindness’, the scum of Kiwirail management have turned their backs on NZ companies doing the urgently needed upgrades to a bloody Chinese and South African company!
That’s it – sack the lot of them! Quisling traitorous scum shouldn’t be part of decision making that sees NZ jobs destroyed for Chinese and South African ones and if the scum board of KiwiRail can’t get their heads around that, then their bloody heads should roll!
The Government CAN NOT be allowed to get away with this. Why the hell are we spending hundreds of millions on upgrades but then handing those upgrades to overseas firms?
Oh and look who is the Minister for State Owned Enterprises? Why it’s Wee Winnie Peters, who talks NZ First but in reality it’s NZ Last because he hasn’t in 3 years changed any legislation demanding State Owned Enterprises look at ensuring NZ jobs benefit from Government procurement…
Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Winston Peters, would not be drawn on the wisdom of the KiwiRail electrification contract going overseas, but pointed out the unsuccessful firms could still win another $315m Auckland rail project soon.
“KiwiRail cannot be influenced by ministers in their tender process, and must follow government procurement rules, which at this time do not allow them to discriminate against foreign-owned companies,” Peters said.
…Oh Wee Winnie Peters talks a big game, but when the hundred million dollar contracts are up for grabs he’s no where to be seen.
If this is the politics of kindness, which is the exact same politics of ‘do-it-cheaply-screw- the-local-job-market’, then the politics of kindness is a sick joke.
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